The Watchdog: The federal agent calling you is a scammer, not a federal agent, and the real ones are frustrated

 The Watchdog: The federal agent calling you is a scammer, not a federal agent, and the real ones are frustrated

That’s how much Peruvian scammers stole from Bud and Charlotte Cawyer of Smith County. They did it so methodically, so smartly that the Cawyers didn’t see it coming.

The couple — he’s 80, she’s 74 — will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary next month. They won’t be spending any money to do it. Their life savings are gone.

A man called them in April claiming to be an agent with the Social Security Administration. He said someone had used Charlotte’s Social Security number to steal $3.5 million.

Until the couple could prove it wasn’t them and until they caught the real crooks, they needed to move all of their savings into a protected account, the man said. Once the crime was solved, they’d get their money back, plus a thank-you tip of $25,000.

If they didn’t cooperate, they were going to jail.

“We were threatened,” Bud told me.

‘Problem is significant’

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